Cyberhijacking Airplanes: Truth or Fiction? presented at defcon 2014

by Phil Polstra, Captain Polly,

Summary : There have been several people making bold claims about the ability to remotely hack into aircraft and hijack them from afar. This talk will take a systematic look at the mechanisms others are claiming would permit such cyberhijacking. Each of the most popular techniques will be examined mythbuster style. Along the way several important aircraft technologies will be examined in detail.
Attendees will leave with a better understanding of ADS-B, ADS-A, ACARS, GPS, transponders, collision avoidance systems, autopilots, and avionics networking and communications. No prior knowledge is assumed for attendees.
The primary presenter is a pilot, flight instructor, aviation professor, aircraft mechanic, aircraft inspector, avionics technician, and plane builder who has also worked on the development of some of the avionics systems found in modern airliners.
The second presenter is a former airline pilot with thousands of hours in airliners who is currently an aviation professor in charge of a simulator program.